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South Carolina Governors – James Hovis Hodges, 1999-2003

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor James Hovis Hodges

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: November 19, 1956 in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Died:
  • Buried:
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of James Hovis Hodges
James Hovis Hodges
Courtesy of Governor's Office



  • Lawyer
  • General Counsel, The Springs Company

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1999–2003

  • Education and a statewide lottery were major issues in Hodges' campaign
  • Hodges was the first candidate to defeat an incumbent governor in a general election since Wade Hampton III defeated Governor Daniel Henry Chamberlain in 1876

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1986-1997

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • As a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Hodges served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 1992-1994 and became House Democratic Leader in 1995
  • 1992 – Hodges was named legislator of the year by the South Carolina Association of Councils on Aging
  • 1993 – Hodges was named legislator of the year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1998
Hodges was unopposed in the 1998 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Republican Primary – 1998
David Beasley 114,082 votes 72%
Bill Able 43,967 votes 28%

General Election – November 3, 1998
James Hovis Hodges 570,070 votes 53.3%
David Beasley 484,088 votes 45.3%
Timothy Moultrie 14,894 votes 1.4%


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